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Trans 'Cloud Atlas' Filmmaker Lana Wachowski Makes Headlines with Rare YouTube Appearance: VIDEO


Back in September 2007 I wrote about news of the transition of director Lana Wachowski (formerly known as Larry), who, with her brother, form a filmmaking duo which has been at the helm of movies like V for Vendetta, The Matrix, Speed Racer, and now the forthcoming Cloud Atlas. There were rumored concerns at the time that publicity about Lana's transition would hurt the "family-friendly" film Speed Racer.

The film world is buzzing today about a new clip in which Cloud Atlas director Tom Tykwer appears with both Wachowskis, because the duo's appearance on camera has been extremely rare.

The L.A. Times says of the clip: "Lana [is] also introducing herself — as a woman." Extra is calling the brief chat her "debut as a transsexual." The Huffington Post writes that in the clip Wachowski "has become the first major Hollywood director to publicly come out as transgender."

Watch the filmmakers discuss Cloud Atlas, AFTER THE JUMP...

And if you missed the epic trailer I posted last week, catch it HERE.

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  1. as early as 1999 i knew lana has shacked up with her dominatrix, ilsa strix, this was a secret in the matrix era, my gf at the time was a hooker/dominatrix her worked for Strix and told me tidbits but not the whole story. I worked at a tabloid newsmagazine at the time and my ex thought i would blab but i didn't.....maybe it was a mistake.......strix dumped a transgendered woman, a tatooed dude named roxy something who eventually went public in 2003??? but way before speed racer, way before that.

    Posted by: pb11 | Jul 31, 2012 8:23:50 AM

  2. Good for Lana for being able to keep her transition from turning into a media circus and to complete it with dignity.

    As long as she's happy and keeps making cool movies.

    Posted by: Snownova | Jul 31, 2012 8:33:50 AM

  3. very cool, good for her, good for them! and it's gonna be an awesome movie.... the 5 minute preview is awesome!

    Posted by: V-8 | Jul 31, 2012 8:34:23 AM

  4. brava!! well met :)

    also, literally counting the days for this film. i'm a tykwer junkie, and the film looks full of his signature visuals and grace notes.

    one of the most glorious trailers ever made. here's hoping the film matches the promise.

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Jul 31, 2012 9:41:57 AM

  5. I know I'm probably reading too much into photos - but she appears happier in these photos, compared to before her transition. Good for her! I hope she keeps making great movies and finds satisfaction in her life.

    Posted by: mike128 | Jul 31, 2012 12:51:09 PM

  6. Sophia Stewart was unavailable for comment.

    On a serious note, good for Lana W.!

    Posted by: Robert | Jul 31, 2012 1:01:04 PM

  7. Good for her, happy at last. Etcetera. But that mess of a hair is a transition even harder to accept.

    Posted by: YoYeahYo | Jul 31, 2012 3:58:58 PM

  8. Lana comes across as really comfortable in her skin - Brava diva! The three of them really seem to enjoy each other's company - which is likely how a film with 3 directors can "woik". ;)

    And before too many people pick on her hair - she missed many years of experimenting while making her way from one gender to another so give the girl a little leeway, eh?

    Posted by: Jim | Jul 31, 2012 4:22:09 PM

  9. Actually I love her hair.

    Posted by: Paul R | Jul 31, 2012 6:11:47 PM

  10. She looks like Catherine O'Hara playing Leeloo from The Fifth Element. That alone is so many layers of awesome!

    Posted by: Aman Chaudhary | Aug 2, 2012 3:56:16 AM

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